Donna Brothers Biography
Donna Brothers (Donna Barton Brothers) is a former jockey who won over 1,100 horse races and now covers horse racing and other equestrian sports for NBC Sports and NBCSN.
Brothers is probably most recognizable for her interviews with the winning jockeys from horseback after the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races. Donna is one of the most decorated female jockeys of her time, retiring in 1998 with 1,130 career wins and still ranks second on the money list.
Donna Brothers Career
Donna Brothers joined NBC Sports in 2000 for the network’s broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and has been part of NBC’s Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team since.
In addition to the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes, Brothers has covered the Hambletonian Stakes, the World Equestrian Games, the Rolex Three Day Event, the AQHA World Championship Show, and Professional Bull Riding for NBC Sports.
In 2018, she received the Jim McKay Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, an award received from her peers, both in television and journalism.
In 2014, the Sports Illustrated Media Awards recognized Donna Brothers as the best sideline reporter. They wrote: “Brothers plies her trade not on the sidelines but on a saddle, as NBC’s on-track reporter for horse racing. Year after year, she does excellent work, interviewing jockeys before and after Triple Crown races, always with an eye toward providing information for viewers…Always smart and prepared with her questions, she’s a huge part of a consistently excellent NBC production.”
Brothers retired in 1998 with more than 1,000 career wins and ranks second on the money list behind Julie Krone.
She began her professional career as a jockey in 1987 at age 21. Throughout her esteemed career, she was one of D. Wayne Lukas’ first call jockeys in the 1990s and rode numerous stakes winners for the trainer, including Hennessy, Boston Harbor, Serena’s Song, Golden Attraction and Country Cat.
She finished second on Hennessy in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 1995 at Belmont Park and won stakes on both Golden Attraction and Country Cat. Brothers rode Serena’s Song to a second-place finish in the last race of the filly’s distinguished career, at the time making Serena’s Song the leading money-earner of all time among female thoroughbred.
In 1998, she began her broadcast career working as an in-house interviewer for the Fairgrounds in New Orleans. In the spring of 1999, Donna Brothers joined Mike Battaglia as a racing analyst for Churchill Downs’ “Paddock Preview” show. Brothers has also done on-location work for TVG, the horseracing network.
Brothers serves on the executive boards of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Thoroughbred Idea Foundation. She is a former board member of the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs and still serves on their fundraising committees.
Brothers is on the advisory boards of the University of Kentucky Jockey & Equestrian Initiative (which studies, among other things, concussion protocol) and Boys & Girls Haven of Louisville, KY.
Donna Brothers Age
Brothers was born on April 20, 1966 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Shei is currently 53 years old as of 2019.
Donna Brothers Family
Brothers hails from a family of riders. Her mother, Patti Barton, was one of the first women to be licensed as a jockey in 1969. Throughout her career, she was leading female rider in the nation by number of wins. She retired in 1984 with just over 1,200 wins.
Both her brother, Jerry, and sister, Leah, were also jockeys but by the time Donna started riding professionally in 1987 her mother, brother and sister had all retired from riding.
Donna Brothers Husband
Brothers is married to Frank L. Brothers a former Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. The couple resident of Louisville, Kentucky.
Donna Brothers Net Worth\Salary
Donna’s net worth is not yet disclosed. She has also not disclosed the exact amount of money she receives although there is no doubt she earns a good salary.
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